Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Using my Shibori indigo Dyed Fabrics....

24th January 2018

This last week I have been making cards for  family and friends birthdays, I have 8 in February and March!!

I have also been looking through my boxes of hand dyed fabrics and came across quite a few samples of Shibori Indigo from last year in Cornwall....

....I was so thrilled when I took this out of the vat....



.....found some more small experimental fabrics.....

....I dabbed bleach on this indigo dyed fabric snippet ....


....result after 5 minutes...


....more experimental samples ironed on Bondaweb...




....cut out circles to stitch, probably Kantha stitch, on the base fabric...


....I am thinking this could be made into a cushion cover after slow stitching!

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Also finished this little 'collectors bag' for my gorgeous granddaughter, it has bells on it!!!!


I am off to London and a new house sit tomorrow but have been making up small bags of stitching and crochet projects to take with me, so watch this space......


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Playing on my Embellisher...

21st January 2018

Another very wet day so had a play on my embellisher felting machine.....

...pure wool felt and wool fleece....


....embellished....


.....needs more for my background for embroidery....


.....added hand dyed silk and a silk 'hankie' to the sky...


....next added wool fleece to felt ready for hand embroidery....


....my felted pieces are ready for my next housesit!!

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While I was sorting my stash I found this made last year,  shells found on a Cornwall beach, silk tops, beads and embroidery on a rust dyed fabric, so made it into one of my Keepsake Cards....


.....used my shrink hand dyed fabric as a background for free machining, embellished with tiny black beads to make another card....


....the same fabric free machined with dandelion seed head....


....a productive day while listening to a story from Audible!!

Hope the wind and rain drop tomorrow so I can enjoy a long, much needed walk!!!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Creative Day.....

18th January 2018

The weather here in Blackpool has been gales with rain and sleet, not weather for going on a long walk so have taken myself off to my craft room in the loft....

...made a few cards....


.....water colour on khadi paper, small 4" square cards....


....found a simple seascape weaving( cardboard loom) in my stash from last year...


.....used my embellisher to attach on felt and hand embellished with shells, french knots and beads....


.....something new for me inspired by Pinterest, small khadi paper cards with pen/water colour flowers...



.....this year I plan to sell my creations if I can pluck up the courage to approach some small shops !!!!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

An Enjoyable Sunday....

14th January 2018

Started the day with a pint of lemon water, catching up on e-mails and BBC News, coffee, cereal with blueberries and an hours reading snuggled under the covers!!

I have a long list of cards to make for the next couple of months, looked at my Pinterest boards for something different to try and made these while I listened to one of my Audible Books....


...I had intended to do this idea in machine embroidery but tried in watercolour instead....



....planned to do this in watercolour but changed my mind and made it using fabric, ribbon and sequins glued on Khadi paper...


....wanted to try this for ages, a simple pen drawing on 3" square Khadi paper cards highlighted with water colour....


.....quite pleased with the result, would make a good note/thank you card...

....lots of new ideas buzzing in my head at the moment......

...WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

YARN BOMBING

13th January 2018

Helping with the yarn bombing in the park this morning for the third year....

....so many wonderful knitted and crocheted creations....



....decorated bowling hut....



.....pond and fountain using an old tyre and lots of imaginative crochet ....


.....a fantastic wheelbarrow of vegetables....


.....and rabbit...




..wild life on the bird table...



....hope these woolly decorations brighten up January for the park visitors and make them smile!!

Friday, 12 January 2018

My Week....

12th January 2018

This week has flown by, weather a little grey, windy but no rain!

I made this shell embroidery on hand dyed silk last year and mounted it in this little frame...


....went for a long walk and was quite shocked to see how much erosion the recent storms have caused....


....also the amount of plastic rubbish tangled in the sea weed....


....think I will take a bag with me and pick up some of this plastic....


....my youngest son made a delicious Carbonara this week which resulted in 4 egg whites in the fridge so decided to make meringues, a bit gooey like a pavlova but they have disappeared quickly!!


Made a card using my 'blue fabric'...



.....also made a little collectors bag for my gorgeous granddaughter as she loves collecting pebbles....


.....and a kindle cover with my other fabric...


...must make our evening meal now!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Fun Experimenting!!

9th January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL

I am now back in Blackpool but enjoyed a weekend with my gorgeous granddaughter after Christmas, now 18months old and sooooo busy! She loves walking, collecting stones and jumping in puddles, simple pleasures but lots of fun and she is a real TONIC, missing her already....


....I made her a jumper/tunic during my housesit.


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This morning I was browsing Pinterest and saw an idea from Carolyn Saxby, one of my favourite artists.....

.....a fine bubble wrap was placed on baking parchment bubble side up...


....fabrics, threads from my stash...




....lots of snippets cut...


....covered with cling film...


....more baking parchment, then ironed to fuse everything together...


.....front....


...back...


....lots of zigzag stitching in shiny threads...


...a lovely shiny sheen on this 'made fabric', watch this space to see what I use this for!!

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I have also added silks, handmade braids to this piece I started a few months ago, also have a plan for this!


So enjoyed playing and experimenting today!!